[월간수소경제 성은숙 기자] ORLEN, Poland’s largest petrochemical company, and Yokogawa Europ, the European headquarters of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a company specializing in industrial automation and test and measurement solutions, are developing a sustainable synthetic fuel for aircraft. joined hands to produce fuel.
Olen’s ambition is to become a leader in decarbonizing the aviation industry.
Olen announced on the 22nd that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Yokogawa Europe on the 21st (local time) to improve the technological process of synthesizing fuel by reacting green hydrogen and carbon dioxide.
Under this collaboration, Olen and Yokogawa aim to develop an integrated management solution for sustainable synthetic fuel production. The two companies create a ‘digital twin’ (a virtual world in the computer that implements machines, equipment, and objects from the real world) and enable production process simulation and fine-tuning with a focus on economic efficiency and eco-friendliness. The developed solution will be applied to a new production facility scheduled to be completed by the end of 2030.
Sustainable synthetic fuel is created by combining hydrogen made by electrolyzing water using renewable energy with carbon dioxide molecules supplied from various industrial processes such as power generation, biomass plants, cement factories, steel mills, and fertilizer plants. Therefore, Olen explains, synthetic fuel production can significantly reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Olen, one of the outstanding advantages of synthetic fuels is that they have almost the same characteristics as existing petroleum-derived products such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to these properties, synthetic fuels can be used in current combustion engine vehicles without technical modifications. In addition, the already established storage, transportation, and distribution infrastructure for petroleum fuel can be utilized for synthetic fuel logistics as well.
“Our joint project helps advance a comprehensive industrial-scale process for synthetic fuel production,” said Olen CEO Daniel Obajtek. Olen aims to produce 70,000 tons of sustainable synthetic aviation fuel per year by the end of 2030.
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